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West Side Folk Concerts

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Winter-Spring 2016
February 5
at Cider Gallery
A Night of Phil Ochs Songs by Zachary Stevenson

Zachary Stevenson “If you never got to see Phil alive, you’re going to tonight”-Sonny Ochs (Phil’s sister)
“Zachary Stevenson doesn't portray Phil Ochs. He is Phil Ochs. The complex, mercurial personality; the songs; Stevenson nails it all”- Ottawa Citizen

Join us for this special celebration of Phil Ochs' 75th birthday last Dec. 19 with Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, playwright and producer Zachary Stevenson, who has been acclaimed for his one man play about Phil, and for his performances as Buddy Holly and Hank Williams.
“Seeing Phil Ochs, in 1972, was one of the turning points of my life, and when I saw Zachary Stevenson for the first time at a Folk Alliance ceremony honoring Phil, it was as if I was seeing and hearing Phil in the flesh once again. It brought a huge smile to my lips and tears to my eyes.” (Bob McWilliams)

March 6
at Lied Center Pavilion
Carrie Newcomer West Side Folk Concert

Carrie NewcomerWe are thrilled to welcome back West Side Folk audience favorite Carrie Newcomer. Carrie Newcomer's music has always explored the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Over the course of her career she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue. Her ability for sharp observation of the world lead the Dallas Morning News to rave, “She's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, 'that is so true.'” She has been described as "a soaring songstress" by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and Rolling Stone has declared that Newcomer “asks all the right questions.” Author Barbara Kingsolver wrote, “She's a poet, storyteller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace.” Rosanne Cash says “Carrie is a touchstone of authenticity in an image-driven, media-defined musical world. She is a beautiful singer and songwriter, and deeply refreshing” while Mary Chapin Carpenter says “I love Carrie Newcomer.”

Newcomer will be joined by the outstanding pianist Gary Walters, who has extensive symphonic and jazz experience while also being touring pianist with soul legends like Martha Reeves, the Marvelletes, and the Crystals.

April 22
at Cider Gallery
Ellis Paul West Side Folk Concert

Ellis PaulEllis Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith. Over the course of twenty years, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music, on 19 albums, which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies. His music has been in numerous motion pictures (film maker Peter Farrelly calls him “a national treasure.”) “I've got a car with over 475,000 miles on it, and it's my third road vehicle,” Paul declares. “I've been doing 200 shows a year for over twenty years. There isn't a town in the country where I won't find a friend. I'm a nomad. And I'm gonna write and play until I'm gone.” The Boston Globe calls his music “ Literate, provocative, urbanely romantic” while Nora Guthrie says he is “Wise, tender, brilliant, and biting.” Ellis has been a mainstay of West Side Folk since our first days, and always brings great music old and new to our stage.


May 20
at Unity
Cheryl Wheeler West Side Folk Concert

Cheryl WheelerIt is always a delight to welcome Cheryl Wheeler back to West Side Folk. If you have never experienced Cheryl in concert, I can't sum her up any better than Scott Alarik has: “There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic. More confidently and beautifully than ever before, she proves that the poet and the comic are one and the same.”

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Look here for other regional folk events:

Tuesday Concert (Lawrence)
Lawrence's songwriter showcase. Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire.
Songwriters Circle of Kansas City
Info: 816-363-1917
Crosscurrents (Kansas City)
Crosscurrents info: 816-292-2887 www.crosscurrentsculture.org
Missouri Valley Folklife Society
(Kansas City)
Info: 816-691-8717, www.mvfs.org
Kansas Public Radio
Presenting folk on the airwaves, including Trail Mix and Prairie Home Companion. Visit the online Trail Mix event calendar for upcoming folk, bluegrass, and Celtic events.
Kansas Folk Music and Dance Resource Center
Linking the past and present and future of folk, including links to folk events and organizations statewide

Concert Locations

Unity Church (wheelchair accessible)
9th & Madeline (3/8 mile west of Iowa Street on 9th St). Directions

The Pavilion at Lied Center (wheelchair accessible)
1600 Stewart Drive (on KU's West Campus). Directions

Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania, Lawrence KS


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